WOODLAND — Woodland High School’s successful trap team offers competitive opportunities not just for Woodland’s students, but also for students around Cowlitz and Clark counties. More than 24 team members take part in challenging shooting events including trap, skeet, and sporting clays.
This year, the junior varsity team took first place in all three events (trap, skeet, and sporting clays) at the state championships. The varsity team also brought home third place in the trap event. For the individual competitions, Cody Snow won third place for JV boys and Ashley Huff took first place in sporting clays for JV girls. Additionally, both Ashley and Cody received scholarships to attend the national competition in June.
The trap team provides students with the opportunity to develop and hone their shooting skills while also teaching teamwork and gun safety; encouraging the competitive spirit; and helping teammates develop self-respect and confidence. For the 2021-22 school year, 24 teammates make up the team with most members from Woodland; however some also represent Battle Ground, Vancouver and more.
With only a few different facilities capable of offering practices for trap, skeet, and clay shooting, not every school district offers a trap team. This means Woodland’s team attracts students from districts around Clark and Cowlitz counties.